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Home bias in officiating: evidence from international cricket


  • Abhinav Sacheti
  • Ian Gregory-Smith
  • David Paton


type="main" xml:id="rssa12086-abs-0001"> We use data on leg before wicket decisions from 1000 test cricket matches to quantify the systematic bias by officials (umpires) to favour home teams. We exploit recent changes in the regulation of test cricket as a series of natural experiments to help to identify whether social pressure from crowds has a causal effect on home bias. Using negative binomial regressions, we find that home umpires favour home teams and that this effect is more pronounced in the later stages of matches.

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  • Abhinav Sacheti & Ian Gregory-Smith & David Paton, 2015. "Home bias in officiating: evidence from international cricket," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 178(3), pages 741-755, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:178:y:2015:i:3:p:741-755

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    1. J. James Reade & Dominik Schreyer & Carl Singleton, 2020. "Eliminating supportive crowds reduces referee bias," Economics Discussion Papers em-dp2020-25, Department of Economics, Reading University.
    2. Thomas Bassetti & Stefano Bonini & Fausto Pacicco & Filippo Pavesi, 2019. "Play it again! A Natural Experiment on Reversibility Bias," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0238, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    3. J. James Reade & Dominik Schreyer & Carl Singleton, 2020. "Echoes: what happens when football is played behind closed doors?," Economics Discussion Papers em-dp2020-14, Department of Economics, Reading University.
    4. Sarah Jewell & J. James Reade & Carl Singleton, 2020. "It's Just Not Cricket: The Uncontested Toss and the Gentleman's Game," Economics Discussion Papers em-dp2020-10, Department of Economics, Reading University.

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